|I do apologize for the bad picture. Once I get my camera working again, I'll post some better shots. |
Cute jacket with a unique yoke back, sleeve darts and wide lapels. I made the crop version.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I pretty much ignored them so I could bag the lining. They want you to sew the lining in and then set the lining sleeves by hand. Yeah, right!
tan/brown fabric-backed "pleather". Sewing the wrong side was no problem, but when I did have to sew the right side or across seam allowances, a piece of tissue paper under the foot worked just fine. I just used a regular foot, but a leather needle. When sewing and attaching the lining I used a regular needle to avoid damaging the woven lining fabric. I had to be really careful not to pick out any stitches, since the needle leaves visible holes in pleather, so this might be the first project where I've never had to pick out anything
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I wish I would have lengthened the hem by about 2", just so it is a little longer. The pattern comes with 4 basic alteration lines and instructions, and I used the sway-back adjustment. On a crop jacket, though, I'm not sure that's really necessary. I did re-draft the lapels to bring the points in just a little; they were a little too wide for me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't need two of the same, but it was really easy, and I would look completely different in a another fabric, so I might make it again.
As mentioned in some previous review, there is an issue with the princess seams being too far off the bust point. I was in a hurry to finish it and didn't have time to re-draft, but if you are concerned about the bagginess in the upper bust and want a really tailored fit, you could take the time to figure out what's happening there. I think it is designed to be worn open, but the pattern does include a hook and eye, and I like to wear it closed. The lapels do seem to flop around, but there's a lot of bulk in the seams, and that might be "pushing" them to the wrong side, not sure.